Long Island Behavior Analysis Conference 2023


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LIBAC 2023

December 1st  and December 2nd, 2023
Long Island Marriott

101 James Doolittle Blvd, Uniondale, NY 11553



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Invited Keynote Presenters:


Morning Keynote Presenter:

Bridget Taylor, PsyD BCBA- Cofounder and Chief Executive Officer of Alpine Learning Group

Bridget Taylor, PsyD BCBA, Dr. Bridget Taylor is co-founder and CEO of Alpine Learning Group and Senior Clinical Advisor for Rethink Behavioral Health. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Psychologist. Dr. Taylor is past president of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and former Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. She currently serves on the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior (SEAB) board. Active in the Autism research community, Dr. Taylor has published numerous peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters on innovative practices to improve the lives of individuals with autism. Her most recent work explores compassionate relationship-building with families in providing clinical services to individuals with autism. Dr. Taylor has been recognized by the Association for Applied Behavior Analysis International for her outstanding contributions and received ABAI’s Fellow designation.

Title: Partnering with Parents: Clinical and Relational Considerations for Maximizing Success

Clinicians may struggle with parent follow-through of intervention recommendations made during ABA-based parent training. Several researchers have proposed behavioral conceptualizations of nonadherence to treatment (e.g., Moore & Amado, 2021). For example, adherence may be more likely when reinforcement associated with implementing the plan occurs more readily. On the other hand, follow-through may be less likely when the side effects of treatment (e.g., an extinction burst) are punishing. Recent survey studies in applied behavior analysis have emphasized the importance of relationship variables when working with caregivers (e.g., Taylor, LeBlanc, & Nosik, 2019; Leblanc, Taylor, & Marchese, 2019) and propose that outcomes may be improved by fostering a compassionate and collaborative relationship with family members. This presentation reviews behavioral conceptualizations of caregiver implementation of treatment recommendations, proposes strategies to assess and address barriers to follow through, and recommends relational responses that may be critical to improving parental engagement in treatment.

Afternoon Keynote Presenter:

Jonathan Tarbox, PhD, BCBA-D

Jonathan Tarbox, PhD, BCBA-D, is the Program Director of the Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis program at the University of Southern California, as well as Director of Research at FirstSteps for Kids. Dr. Tarbox is the incoming Editor of the journal Behavior Analysis in Practice and serves on the editorial boards of five major scientific journals related to autism and behavior analysis. He has published four books on autism treatment and well over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters in scientific texts. His research focuses on behavioral interventions for teaching complex skills to individuals with autism, treatment of feeding disorders, and technology in autism treatment. He is a frequent presenter at autism and ABA conferences worldwide, and a regular guest on television and radio.

Title: Preliminary Tenets of Compassion-Focused Applied Behavior Analysis

Authors: Jonathan Tarbox, Kristine Rodriguez, & Courtney Tarbox


The field of applied behavior analysis is currently undergoing several evolutions that are converging into the position that the purpose of ABA is to nurture human beings. Trauma-informed ABA, neurodiversity-affirming ABA, and social justice work in ABA all contribute to a vision for ABA that our purpose is not, and arguably has never been, to increase and decrease behaviors. Our purpose is to empower whole human beings to thrive in their own chosen paths in life. For almost a century, our founders made it clear that liberating human beings from coercion and aversive control, to the greatest extent possible, was a functional analytic path to this purpose. The concept of compassion, when approached from a functional perspective, directs behavior analysts to identify suffering and aversive control wherever it is present, including in our own practices, and to use the principles of the science of behavior analysis to empower ourselves and others to root out and dismantle coercion. This presentation will review existing behavior analytic work on compassion and will discuss a proposed set of tenets that define compassion-focused ABA, as described in a recent paper by Rodriguez and colleagues (2023). The definition of compassion-focused ABA is preliminary and will require the research, practice, and stakeholder communities to engage the definition, with data, and improve it. We propose that adopting a compassion-focused approach has the potential to reconnect ABA with our moral roots, to help us respond with openness and humility to our greatest critics, to help us more fully engage our clients as whole human beings, and to breath new meaning and purpose into our daily work.

Learning objectives:

  • Attendees will be able to define compassion in functional analytic terms
  • Attendees will be able to list four defining tenets of compassion-focused ABA
  • Attendees will be able to identify common practices in ABA that rely on coercion
  • Attendees will be able to describe a framework behavior analysts can use for self-reflection for the purposes of enhancing compassion in our daily practice

Adithyan Rajaraman, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA-TN

Affiliations:TRIAD – The Autism Institute at Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Department of Pediatrics, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Adithyan (Dithu) Rajaraman has been blessed to teach, interact with, and learn from children and adolescents with and without disabilities for 15 years. Dithu completed his Doctoral training in Behavior Analysis at Western New England University, under the advisement of Dr. Greg Hanley. In 2019, he joined the faculty at UMBC, where he taught and mentored undergraduate and graduate students in behavior analysis. In the fall of 2022, Dithu joined the faculty at Vanderbilt University Medical Center as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, where he serves as Director of Behavior Analysis Research within TRIAD: the Autism Institute at Vanderbilt Kennedy Center. In his current position, Dithu works alongside neurodivergent professionals and advocates, behavior analysts, students, and public school educators on a broad research agenda aimed at refining and scaling trauma-informed and neurodiversity-affirming approaches to functional assessment and intervention for dangerous behavior. This research aim is intimately connected to the goal of being able to provide safe, dignifying, yet highly effective behavior-analytic services to underrepresented individuals in underserved communities.

Title: Advocating for Trauma-informed Care and Incorporating it into Applied Behavior Analytic Practice and Research

Presenting Author: Adithyan Rajaraman, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA-TN


  1. TRIAD – The Autism Institute at Vanderbilt Kennedy Center
  2. Department of Pediatrics, Vanderbilt University Medical Center


Although the construct of trauma has largely eluded a thorough behavior analysis, considerations surrounding trauma and trauma-informed care (TIC) have indubitably entered mainstream applied behavior analysis (ABA). In the absence of clear findings and guidance from a TIC research program, conversations surrounding the matter—which have permeated published literature, peer review, everyday practice interactions, and social media—have been polarizing. Some submit that ABA has not done enough to incorporate TIC, while others assert it is entirely unnecessary, perhaps even harmful for the discipline. Yet others remain skeptical to embrace TIC in ABA until more data reveal the utility (or lack thereof) of the framework. This talk is an attempt to bring clarity, vocabulary, and nuance to this timely discussion. I will first define trauma across multiple levels of scientific understanding and provide a defensible behavior-analytic interpretation. I will outline core commitments of a TIC framework and describe how to incorporate them into ABA. Then, I will articulate and respond to several concerns and questions that have entered the discourse surrounding trauma and TIC. Finally, I will describe a set of procedures—grounded in ABA and TIC—to address behavioral crisis. My primary intention is to increase your capacity and willingness to advocate for TIC in ABA in conversations and collaborations with colleagues, caregivers, and clients.

Desired Learning Outcomes: At the conclusion of this presentation, attendees should be able to:

  1. Define trauma across descriptive, predictive, and explanatory levels of understanding
  2. Delineate behavioral and medical health risks associated with experiencing potentially traumatic events
  3. Articulate reasons why trauma may be more pervasive than most prevalence estimates suggest
  4. Outline the core commitments of trauma-informed care as they relate to ABA
  5. Recognize that we have a responsibility to not contribute to trauma in the name of ABA

Ethics Statement: This presentation should be eligible for BACB Ethics CEUs because it will discuss content relevant to, but not limited to, the following components of the Ethics Code for Behavior Analysts:

  1. Core principle #2 – Treat others with compassion, dignity, and respect
  2. 2.01 – Providing effective treatment
  3. 2.14 – Selecting, designing, and implementing behavior-change interventions
  4. 2.15 – Minimizing risk of behavior-change interventions
  5. 2.16 – Describing behavior-change interventions before implementation
  6. 3.01 – Responsibility to Clients



Lauren Beaulieu, PhD, BCBA-D, LABA


Dr. Beaulieu earned her BS in Psychology from Florida State, her MS in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology, and her PhD in Behavior Analysis from Western New England University. She received training as a Clinical Specialist at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine's Kennedy Krieger Institute. Dr. Beaulieu is currently a District Behavior Analyst for Newton Public Schools in Massachusetts. She was previously an Associate Professor at Florida Institute of Technology (FIT). Prior to her appointment at FIT, she founded and directed the Master's in Applied Behavior Analysis program at Regis College in Weston, MA where she earned tenure in 2017. She also held a faculty appointment at the University of Massachusetts Lowell's MS in Autism Spectrum Disorders program from 2011-2013. Dr. Beaulieu has been a practitioner and researcher in behavior analysis for 20 years across a variety of settings including public schools, clients' homes, residential psychiatric hospitals, and group homes with individuals diagnosed with and without disabilities. She has also consulted internationally with BCBAs on conducting functional analyses, improving cooperation with young children, and improving sleep. Her research has been recognized by the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy and the Association for Behavior Analysis International. In 2023, she received the Distinguished Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award from the Association of Behavior Analysis International, and her paper titled “Cultural responsiveness in applied behavior analysis: Self-assessment” was awarded Contribution of the Year for 2022 from the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. She is currently serving as a Guest Associate Editor for the special issue on trauma for the journal Behavior Analysis and Practice and has previously served on the editorial boards for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and the journal Behavioral Interventions.

Title: Incorporating culturally responsive and trauma-informed practices into service delivery

Presenter: Lauren Beaulieu, PhD, BCBA-D, LABA

BACB#: 1-07-3456

Duration: 75 minutes

  • Learning Objectives:
  • Attendees will identify the necessity of considering culture and trauma for improved service delivery and a more complete understanding of human behavior.
  • Attendees will learn ways their biases may impact their delivery of behavioral services.
  • Attendees will learn ways to self-identify their biases in action and methods to reduce the impact of their biases on their service delivery.
  • Attendees will learn several ways to implement culturally responsive and trauma-informed practices into their service delivery


Culture has a substantial impact on a wide range of behaviors related to behavioral research and services. As we move along the continuum of cultural responsiveness, it becomes clear how we must also consider the impact of trauma to ensure we are providing equitable services. Although there is an increasing number of publications on cultural responsiveness and trauma-informed care in behavior analysis, it can be challenging for behavior analysts to incorporate existing literature into practice. In this talk, I highlight the necessity of considering culture and trauma histories for improved service delivery. I will describe actionable steps with examples of how behavior analysts can incorporate culturally responsive and trauma-informed practices into their service delivery. Further, I will discuss how delivering culturally responsive and trauma-informed practices aligns with providing compassionate care.

Johanna Staubitz Ph.D., BCBA-D

Johanna (Joey) Staubitz is an assistant professor of the practice in Vanderbilt University’s top-ranked Department of Special Education, the mission of which is to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities by preparing exceptionally competent teachers, related service providers, and researchers. Joey is a former special education teacher and school-based behavior analyst, and her experience in those roles remains fundamental to her approach to practitioner preparation and scientific inquiry. She currently directs the applied behavior analysis program, teaches courses in the experimental, theoretical, and applied branches of behavior analysis, and supervises students in clinical fieldwork experiences designed to prepare them to conduct effective, safe, and socially valid assessment and intervention procedures in special education settings. Joey also conducts research focused on adapting and evaluating assessment and intervention procedures to support the social, emotional, and academic skills of children with emotional and behavioral disorders in special education settings. Her collective efforts in practitioner preparation and research align with her own driving mission: to improve all children’s access to high-quality behavioral services as part of the free and appropriate public education to which they are entitled.

Title: Supporting Children with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders in Educational Settings

Abstract: Children with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD) are highly likely to have experienced trauma. In fact, the rate of post-traumatic stress disorder among children with EBD mirrors the rate observed in populations of abused youths (Meuser & Taub, 2008). This outcome underscores the particular importance of developing and applying trauma-informed practices for assessing and treating dangerous behavior in the EBD population. Fortunately, the practical functional assessment and enhanced choice model of skill-based treatment (ECM-SBT) package employs several elements of trauma-informed practice and has demonstrated promise for school-based application to the behavior of children with EBD (Rajaraman et al., 2022; Staubitz et al., 2022). These advances are encouraging, though further modification may yet be needed to tailor assessment and treatment procedures. An important consideration is the relatively sophisticated verbal repertoires of children with EBD – functional assessment for individuals with more complex verbal repertoires may be less likely to yield a conclusive outcome that can be used to inform treatment (Belisle et al., 2017). Furthermore, undifferentiated analysis outcomes can lead to procedural modifications that negatively impact the safety of the assessment process (e.g., extending exposure to evocative events, observing additional problem behavior; Jessel et al., 2023; Rajaraman et al., 2021). Thus, this presentation will focus not only on (a) procedures and outcomes of a series of studies evaluating the effects of ECM-SBT for children with EBD but also (b) the issue of interaction between rule-governed and contingency-shaped behavior during functional analysis, along with proposed modifications and data-based case applications in which modifications were used. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of implications and recommendations for school-based practice.

Learning Objectives

  1. The learner will be able to describe the critical features of the enhanced choice model of skill-based treatment.
  2. The learner will be able to describe language-related challenges to the safety and treatment utility of functional analysis.
  3. The learner will be able to describe modifications to functional analysis procedures that may mitigate language-related challenges.

Summer Mingo, M.Ed BCBA

Summer has been assisting individuals with developmental disabilities since 2011 and applying the principles of behavior analysis to increase socially significant outcomes in children since 2017. She received a Master of Education in Foundations in Behavior Analysis (2017) from the University of Cincinnati and her supervision hours from Behavior Management Consultants (BMC) (2019). Summer has extensively studied Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She is part of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science and a part of a peer consultation group researching and sharing best practices for the DNA-V model for adolescents. Summer has worked in home-based, community settings, schools, and outpatient clinics providing services for individuals with developmental disabilities and autism. Her experience in working in/with a wide variety of settings and needs has inspired her to seek out interventions that provide client dignity, safety, self-advocacy, and individualized communication. She is dedicated to building the skills needed to reduce behaviors of concern, meet the child where they are at and extend meaningful repertoires long-term.

Beyond the ABC Chart: A Compassionate Approach to Building Familial Involvement

Abstract: 75 minutes 1.5 CEs

The field of behavior analysis has long focused on modifying behavior through the principles of reinforcement, punishment, and environmental manipulation. While these principles have been invaluable in promoting behavior change, there is an emerging recognition of the importance of compassion in creating sustainable and meaningful outcomes for clients and their families. This presentation aims to explore the integration of compassion within family systems of support to build sustainable environmental contexts that support families and foster the generalization of desired outcomes. This presentation offers actionable tools, provide supporting materials shown, and outline how to assess program modifications to be sustained across settings. Behavior analysts can establish a foundation of trust, empathy, and responsiveness that serves as a catalyst for positive change. Values woven through the presentation are: humanistic views, cultural humility, neurodiversity-aligned, and compassionate care. Concepts addressed will cover considerations for promoting self-care among families, enhancing community engagement, and educating/collaborating with caregivers in developing long-term familial support systems rooted in the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis.


Danyelle S. Goitia Beal- PsyD, BCBA

Presentation Title: Trauma Responsive Leadership: Unpacking Learning Histories of Racial Trauma in ABA

Affiliation: Loving Hands Family Support Services, LLC

Danyelle S. Goitia Beal earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Her dissertation: Trauma and Resiliency in Black American Women began a journey of breaking the stigma of traumatic events that can plague the Black community. She earned her Masters in Teaching Deaf and Hard of Hearing Studies with an emphasis in ABA from National University and her Bachelors in Child Development with an emphasis in Communicative Disorders from California State University, Long Beach. Dr. Beal contributed to an anthology titled "Shenomenal Women" that became a #1 Best Seller. Simultaneously, she completed her pre and post doctoral internship supporting survivors of domestic violence, sexual abuse and within the LGBTQIA2+ communities. Dr. Beal began her journey through ABA in 1997 when she was pregnant with her first baby. She answered a job posting for a child with autism and fell in love within 2 weeks of working with him. Since then, Dr. Beal has worked in some capacity of leadership over 25 years. Currently, she supports children, families and women who are underrepresented. Dr. Beal has held positions as a direct service provider, clinical supervisor, clinical director, program director of a non-public school to owner of a non-public agency, called Loving Hands Family Support Services in Southern California. She provides educational and behavioral support to school districts in the protection of their Black and Brown student population. She trains community agencies on how to safely de-escalate sensitive members of the community who are in behavioral and mental health crises. Finally, Dr. Beal teaches School Psychologists who want to become certified in Applied Behavior Analysis and mentors BCBAs who have ethical violations through the BACB to support them in getting back into good standing. Dr. Beal is a highly regarded Psychologist/Behavior Analyst who specializes in developmental disorders and trauma. She is considered a servant leader because she leads with compassion and unconditional regard for anyone who sits across from her. As a trauma survivor, Dr. Beal has overcome insurmountable odds that has formed her journey through healing which she calls “heart work”. She understands that to truly begin to live a life of intention; one must get to the “heart work” of their own healing journey. This incorporate every aspect of a person's environment and her approach to healing is comprehensive and multi-faceted. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Trevor and has two beautiful daughters, Alyxia Monae and Skylar Rose. She loves panda bears and secretly wants to be one when she grows up! Danyelle considers God and her family as being the catalyst to everything she does.


Denisha Gingles, MS, LGPC, BCBA, LBA

Owner and Clinical Director of Signature Behavioral Health Licensed Counselor at Whole Self Liberation Counseling

Ms. Gingles is a passionate, liberation-centered, counselor and behavior scientist dedicated to the freedom of all oppressed people, with an intentional focus on the Black community. She is a pioneer and creator of sacred spaces that promote wellness, awareness of self, and increasing behaviors that promote valued living.

She is the owner of two behavioral health organizations, a Ph.D. student, and social justice activist. Ms. Gingles' solo practice, Whole Self Liberation Counseling, is dedicated to promoting paradigm shifts with the purpose of emitting personal and collective change. She encourages individual attention to unworkable and community-hindering behaviors, in the service of evoking liberatory action that counters internalized racism and Anti-Blackness conditioning. In addition to influencing internal and external revolution, her group practice, Signature Behavioral Health, focuses on uplifting and supporting underestimated families with one or more neurodivergent and disabled children, teens, and young adults. She provides evidenced-based applied behavior analysis therapy with a strengths-based and trauma-informed approach to help improve the lives of the entire family unit.

Ms. Gingles is a leading researcher and futuristic thought leader, synthesizing social justice pedagogy with contemporary behavioral science. She brings a rich experience of community organizing and activism to bear on evidence-based approaches to behavior change with the science of behavior analysis, incorporating innovative approaches to complex human behavior. Her work takes a radically compassionate approach to igniting the behavior change needed to produce systemic social change in support of justice and equity within organizations reminding individuals that systems need humans to operate, therefore change and overhaul systemic oppression is always within reach. Ms. Gingles works tirelessly for social justice on multiple fronts, including community organizing, providing professional workshops and trainings, scholarly writing, and leadership in scholarly journals, including serving as Guest Editor for Behavior Analysis in Practice. She is a keynote and international speaker that has directly shaped personal, local, and organizational change, while concurrently instilling accountability and optimism for a better tomorrow.










Kerry Ann Conde, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA

Kerry Ann serves as the Social Media Coordinator for the Association for Science in Autism Treatment (ASAT). Kerry Ann’s 16-year career in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) began with an early start as a Behavior Technician. As her passion ignited and her Behavior Analytic career progressed, she completed her pre- and postdoctoral internships through Trumpet Behavioral Health in Colorado and Arizona in which she served as a Postdoctoral Fellow and Senior Clinician (BCBA). Kerry Ann has served as a guest reviewer for 4 of the top peer-reviewed behavior analytic journals and has co-authored several projects, published in peer-reviewed journals. She taught as an adjunct professor for three years while at Western New England University. Most recently, she held the position of Chief Clinical and Science Officer of a rapidly growing ABA service agency in Long Island, New York.

Presentation Title: ABA in the Workplace: How to Implement Behavior Science to Support Employees

Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) is a subdiscipline of Applied Behavior Analysis in which behavior principles are applied at an organizational level. OBM practitioners assess and implement behavior-change procedures at the individual level to help support and motivate employees (i.e., performance management). Unfortunately, with so many responsibilities and expectations in a behavior analyst’s workday, it may seem overwhelming with where to start and how to help behavior technicians and fellow behavior analysts. In this webinar, Dr. Kerry Ann Conde will share ways that human-service agencies can utilize OBM to create a positive work culture and achieve organizational goals while supporting individual employees through performance management. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of OBM, performance management, workplace functional and preference assessments, and data collection and analysis of employee behavior.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will be able to describe organizational behavior management and performance management.
  2. Attendees will learn how to implement a function-based assessment and intervention with employees.
  3. Attendees will be able to describe why it is important to collect employee performance data and how to use those data to support and encourage a positive workplace culture.
  4. Attendees will learn how to use employee performance data to support organizational key performance indicators.




Dr. Sally Izquierdo is a Board Certified and NYS Licensed Behavior Analyst. She graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a Master’s degree in Counseling and from CUNY Queens College and The Graduate Center with a PhD in Behavior Analysis. Dr. Izquierdo has over 30 years of clinical experience, providing support to individuals with developmental disabilities, families, and professionals in homes, schools, and in the community. Her work as chair of NYSABA’s public policy committee contributed significantly to the recent removal of the scope of practice restriction for licensed behavior analysts in New York. Dr. Izquierdo currently sits on the NYSABA board as Representative at Large and Chair of the Student Activities committee.

At Queens College, Dr. Izquierdo is responsible for the clinical training for all master’s programs in the psychology department and directs the Applied Behavior Analysis graduate programs. As Director of QC Project REACH, she has developed behavior analytic supports for autistic CUNY students, and workshops for neurodivergent students and faculty. Dr. Izquierdo, in collaboration with psychology graduate students, developed the Queens College Neurodiversity Hub, which is a faculty resource bank and collegial discussion forum on the Teams platform. Dr. Izquierdo is also an active member of the Psychology Department DEIA Committee and faculty advisor to the QC Neurodiversity Advocacy Club.

Dr. Izquierdo is dedicated to helping improve the practice landscape for behavior analysts in New York, experience opportunities for students, and inclusive supports for neurodivergent college students.

Josh Jessel, Ph.D.,BCBA-D, LBA

Joshua Jessel is a doctoral level Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) and Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) in the state of New York. In addition to teaching graduate level courses in Applied Behavior Analysis on the Queens College campus, Dr. Jessel directs a university-based clinic for children who exhibit problem behavior. The clinic provides free assessment and treatment services for families in need and serves as an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate level students to receive experience in cutting edge research. Dr. Jessel’s current research interests involve (a) developing safe and efficient methods of assessing problem behavior of those diagnosed with autism and other related developmental disorders and (b) evaluating different function-based treatments informed by those assessments. In addition, his translational research in the human-operant laboratory is designed to analyze basic behavioral processes to improve behavioral concerns of social significance.

Deb Thivierge, BCaBA, CBAA

Debora received her BA in Sociology from Hofstra University and is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst. She serves as the CEO and Founder of The ELIJA School, Founder of The ELIJA Foundation, the ELIJA Farm, and ELIJA's Transition Program and Services (TPS). Debora has volunteered her time to numerous Autism groups such as Nassau County’s Department of Health Early Intervention Coordinating Council, New York State Association of Behavior Analysis, Nassau County Autism Coalition run by the County Executive and served as a board member of The Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®) for 5 years. She was appointed to the New York State Licensure Board for Applied Behavior Analysis in 2014 and served until 2018, when she stepped down to advocate for the advancement of the field in ABA. She is currently appointed to the DDPC (Developmental Disabilities Planning Concil for NYS) For the past 23  years, she has been providing advocacy to families and conducted training workshops to promote evidence based instruction for families and educators who have been touched by Autism. She has a 25 year old son with Autism.


Gerald Lachter Scholarship Fund

This fund exists to honor the memory of Dr. Gerald Lachter, our dear friend and colleague. Each year at LIBAC, one promising individual will receive a grant to help further their education in Behavior Analysis at LIU Post or Queens College.


Please consider making a donation to the fund.

The ELIJA Foundation is an approved provider of BACB Type II CE credits. BACB® Provider OP-07-0143


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Friday, December 1st, 2023

Morning Address: 8:45am-9:00am

Morning Keynote: 9:00am-10:40am • Bridget A. Taylor  (PhD, BCBA-D)


Morning Breakout Session(A): 11:00am-12:15pm • TBD (PhD, BCBA-D, LBA)


Morning Breakout Session(B): 11:00am-12:15pm • TBD  (PhD, BCBA-D, LBA)


Lunch: 12:15-1:15pm - Scholarship recipient announced

Afternoon Keynote: 1:15pm-3:05pm • TBD


Afternoon Breakout Session(A): 3:25pm-4:40pm • TBD  (PhD, BCBA-D)


Afternoon Breakout Session(B): 3:25pm-4:40pm • TBD (PhD, BCBA-D)


Saturday, December 2nd, 2023

Morning Workshop: 9:00am - Noon •  (PhD, BCBA-D, LBA)


Afternoon Workshop: 1:00pm - 4:00pm • TBD



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LI-BAG was founded to meet the need of supporting  Behavior Analysts in the Long Island area servicing children and adults with developmental disabilities. LI-BAG serves as a resource, a professional networking group, and a support to the professionals who provide support to families. Another vital role of LI-BAG is to provide a strong, unified body to represent its members in the professional community, to highlight the value of ABA and create standard bestpractice guidelines. The LIBAC Conference was a natural outgrowth of LI-BAG’s mission. The conference affords an opportunity for BCBAs practicing on Long Island and throughout the Tri-State area to learn from top experts in the field.

Debora Thivierge, BCaBA, CBAA Deb@ELIJA.org

Debora received her BA in Sociology from Hofstra University and is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst. She serves as the Founder and CEO of The ELIJA School, Founder of The ELIJA Foundation, the ELIJA Farm, and ELIJA’s Transition Program and Services (TPS). Debora has volunteered her time to numerous Autism groups such as Nassau County’s Department of Health Early Intervention Coordinating Council, New York State Association of Behavior Analysis, Nassau County Autism Coalition run by the County Executive and served as a board member of The Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®) for 5 years. She was appointed to the New York State Licensure Board for Applied Behavior Analysis in 2014 and served until 2018, when she stepped down to advocate for the advancement of the field in ABA. She is currently serving as a board member for the Behavior Analyst Leadership Council to help address the need for professional development opportunities within the field of Behavior Analysis. She has been providing advocacy to families and conducted training workshops to promote evidence based instruction for families and educators who have been touched by Autism. Her most recent projects include inclusive housing initiatives and expanding work opportunities for people living with autism. She has a 24 year old son with Autism.

Bobby Newman, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA

Bobby Newman is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Licensed Behavior Analyst in New York and Tennessee, and Licensed Psychologist. Affectionately known as the Dark Overlord of ABA, Bobby is the first author on thirteen books regarding behavior therapy, the philosophy of behaviorism, the autism spectrum disorders, utopian literature, and fitness. He has published over two dozen articles in professional journals, as well as numerous popular magazine articles and has hosted two series of radio call-in shows. Bobby is the Past-President of the Association for Science in Autism Treatment and the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis. A popular speaker, Bobby also provides direct treatment, staff training and consultation around the world, and has been honored for this work by several parents and professional groups. He is the Executive Director of Clinical Services for Proud Moments. Bobby is also a certified personal trainer, obstacle course racer and marathoner and is an Ambassador for the Great Sportsmanship Programme. Bobby teaches non-violent crisis intervention philosophy and techniques for agencies and families. Bobby was a final four finalist for the 2016 For Those Who Would Humanitarian Award.

JoAnn Scanlon, MS, BCBA, LBA JScanlon@mksallc.com

JoAnn received her BS in Business Administration from SUNY Albany and her MS in Special Education from Adelphi University. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a NYS Licensed Behavior Analyst. JoAnn is the Senior Vice President for the new agency, ACP Early Intervention (formerly MKSA LLC), that provides services to children with autism and other developmental delays. She has worked in this field for the last 25 years as a therapist, consultant, and administrator. For 15 years, JoAnn was an adjunct professor at Adelphi University’s Early Childhood Special Education program. She has been an active member of both the Nassau and the Suffolk Early Intervention (LEICC) Committee on Autism for 20 years and chairs the Suffolk committee. She has presented numerous workshops for parents and professionals, school districts and the Departments of Health.

JoAnn serves on the Board of Directors of the ELIJA School and has been affiliated with ELIJA from its inception. Through Autism Care Partners, (parent company of ACP EI) they now offer services to children with ASD and families through private insurance. She volunteers her time to various organizations in support of children with special needs, and professional organizations striving to improve the quality services provided to those children. She is also the parent of an adult son with Asperger’s Syndrome.


LIBAC 2023

December 1st  and December 2nd, 2023
Long Island Marriott

101 James Doolittle Blvd, Uniondale, NY 11553



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